Databases to Consider Searching in a Systematic Review

The following is a list of just some of the databases one could consider to search when conducting a systematic review of the literature. MCW Librarians are available to suggest databases, help you with your search strategy and to conduct searches for you.

Medline (Ovid or PubMed Linkout)
MEDLINE is the U.S. National Library of Medicine's® (NLM) premier bibliographic database that contains over 23 million references to journal articles in life sciences back to 1948 and earlier with a concentration on biomedicine. A distinctive feature of MEDLINE is that the records are indexed with NLM Medical Subject Headings (MeSH®).

The Cumulative Index to Nursing & Allied Health database of more than 3.8 million records provides authoritative coverage of the literature related to nursing and allied health. More than 4,900 journals are indexed and full text is available for more than 760 journals.

Cochrane Library
The Cochrane Library consists of the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (CDSR), Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects (DARE), Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL), Cochrane Methodology Register (CMR), NHS Economic Evaluation Database (NHSEED), and the Health Technology Assessment Database (HTA).

International biomedical database with over 28 million records on drugs and diseases from peer-reviewed journals covering 1947-present. Searches in EMBASE are librarian mediated via an online vendor. Charges are passed along to the requestor. (Scopus includes EMBASE content from 1996 to the present. Scopus does not make use of the Embase thesaurus for synonym mapping and hierarchical searches. Search results may be less on Scopus if you don’t consider additional terms in your search strategy).

Contains more than 3.5 million citations to journal articles, book chapters, books, and dissertations, in the field of psychology and the psychological aspects of related disciplines, such as medicine, psychiatry, nursing, pharmacology, and physiology. Journal coverage, spanning 1806-present, includes materials selected from more than 2,540 periodicals.

Scopus is an abstract and citation database with over 50 million records (29 million 1996-present, 21 million pre-1996 records) from peer-reviewed literature and quality web sources with tools to track, analyze and visualize research. Coverage includes more than 20,000 peer-reviewed journals in science, technology, medicine and social sciences from over 5,000 international publishers.

Web of Science
Web of Science covers over 8,500 scientific and technical journals. MCW Libraries subscription includes 1998 – present.

Online library available to all Wisconsin residents that provides access to licensed content of magazines, newspapers, scholarly articles, etc. Databases include Academic Search Premier, Access NewspaperARCHIVE, Business Source Premier, ERIC, and others.

Google Scholar
Google Scholar (a subset of Google) is a freely accessible web search engine that indexes the full text of scholarly literature across an array of publishing formats and disciplines.